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Friday, May 29, 2015

Happy Birthday, G. K. Chesterton!

Chesterton was born on May 29, 1874 so today is the 141st anniversary of his birth.

In honor of the day I offer a few of his incredibly insightful quotations. Each one is well worth a meditation. And all are as current today as when he wrote them, some over 100 years ago. If you aren't familiar with Chesterton, please remedy the situation immediately. The easiest place to start is with his Fr. Brown stories, but his biographies of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis of Assisi and his collected essays are also good starting points.

I freely admit that some of Chesterton makes me scratch my head. I'm still trying to figure out what The Man Who Was Thursday is about. But even as I scratched my head over it, I found it an entertaining romp in the English countryside. So enjoy these bits of Chestertonian wisdom, but don't let them be you last!

How U.S. Money Perverted Ireland

What Really Happened?

The election was bought and paid for with U.S. money.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The War on the Holy Trinity

By Fr. Tom Collins

As we approach the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, we need to recognize the harsh reality that those who allege the Church's teachings on modesty, chastity and marital fidelity as part of a great "war on women" are themselves engaged in an unholy war on the Holy Trinity. I dare say that this is one reason why they are so willing to enter into an unholy alliance with radical Islamists, who attack
the Christian teaching on the Holy Trinity as a form of pagan polytheism. Only by desecrating this most sacred mystery can the Culture of Desecration and Death be successful in destroying people's appreciation of their authentic God-given dignity as human beings.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

And You Thought Politics Played no Part in Faith?

Of course that's a joke. Politics has influenced Christianity since the Pharisees conspired to bring down Jesus and bribed Judas to betray Him. So the article below is no surprise. It is absolutely predictable that liberals are meeting to strategize how to put forth their agenda at the October Ordinary Synod. Let us pray that the orthodox are seeking the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to foil their plans. 

Remember the Scripture passage about the dishonest steward in Luke chapter 8? Jesus commends him for his shrewdness. He wasn't praising his evil acts, but the steward was cunning and planned ahead. Too many Christians think sitting on their hands and letting God do everything is a virtue. But we would do well to remember that quietism, the belief in complete passivity in moral matters, annihilating the will and leaving all to God, is a heresy. 

We are called to be as shrewd as serpents and as gentle as doves. So preparing with a zeal equal to those who are undermining the faith is a moral responsibility. Pray for those preparing for the synod who love God with their whole heart, mind, soul and strength, that God will give them all they need to defend Holy Mother Church against her internal enemies. God knows there are plenty of them! 

The Love that Kills

A post at Abbey Roads sent me to the website of Joseph Sciambra, a same-sex attracted Catholic who left the gay lifestyle and returned to the faith after a road to Damascus experience. What he wrote describing his descent into the gay underworld really gripped me:
I walked slowly and steadily deeper and deeper into the black night of confusion and desperation. Stopped by God only at the very gates of hell.
Wow! Talk about recognizing that the path you are traveling leads to a precipice and a very evil end. What a grace!

Sadly, what enabled Sciambra's walk, he says, was the acceptance of his lifestyle by family and friends who, no doubt, thought they were being kind and "tolerant":

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Devil Wins in Ireland

'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide

The referendum on gay "marriage" is over and the majority of Irish citizens voted that perverted homosexual activities are the equivalent of marital relations. The land that once loved children, probably more than any other on earth, now believes conceiving them in the marriage bed is unnecessary. No longer is marriage about the good of the other, two becoming one flesh, the procreation and education of children, and seeking each other's salvation. It is, instead, about lustful pleasure and self-gratification.
What a tragedy!  (Read more...)

Praying for my Dad on Memorial Day

He didn't die in battle, but he served our country his entire adult life. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1940 and was an ensign on a ship in Pearl Harbor, the light cruiser U.S.S. Detroit, the day the Japanese attacked. He remained on the Detroit throughout the war engaging in action in the Marianas. After the war Daddy continued to serve his country and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. His biggest feat was rearing ten children. Every Sunday we filed into the Church, always on time, taking up an entire pew. God bless you, Dad. Thank you for your faithfulness to God, family, and country! 
Rest in Peace 1917-1985

Friday, May 22, 2015

Remember when the Boy Scouts said changing their policy wouldn't involve gay scout leaders?

Well that was then.

Boy Scouts President Robert Gates Calls for End of Ban on Gay Troop Leaders

The new policy is coming quicker than you can say Jack Robinson. In effect gay scout leaders are now permitted since Gates says he will not revoke the charter of troops that allow homosexuals leaders. 

Any parents who leave their sons in the Boy Scouts are insane. Homosexuals represent about 3% of the population; they commit about thirty percent of child sex abuse. Not every homosexual is an abuser, but those who are look for opportunities to be around children -- especially without the supervision of their parents. Check out this article: 

My husband and I were camping last weekend in Gettysburg. Two scout troops were camping there as well with several dozen tents set up -- lots of young boys, an ephebophile's dream.

 Thirty-eight percent of children identifying as gay were victims of sex abuse. Homosexuals aren't born; they're made. There is no evidence of a "born that way" gene. It's all about recruitment and gay/straight alliance clubs, homosexual education, etc. are all opening children to perverted sexual experimentation. Our culture actively cooperates to train youngsters to be heterosexually and homosexually active or both. 

God made us male and female. Any claim otherwise is straight out of the mouth of the deceiver. Those who are same-sex attractive need our love, but they also need the truth about chastity. Hell is forever.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tis a Puzzlement: Celebrating Ascension Thursday on Sunday Creates a Dilemma

Here's my dilemma. When my husband and I are at home we go to daily Mass and rarely miss. Last week, however, we left on Wednesday to pick up our new camper at Lerch RV in Milroy, Pa. (Great experience, by the way. If you're in the market we recommend them.) We ended up spending Wednesday night in a little town out in the middle of nowhere not far from the dealer. I didn't even think about Ascension Thursday because our diocese shifts the Holy Day to Sunday. There was, in fact, a Catholic Church about half an hour away, but, I didn't know it at the time.

On Thursday afternoon we traveled to Gettysburg where our square dance camping club was meeting over the weekend. We settled in about supper time and, again, did not think about the holy day.

On Friday, we went to the battlefield visitor center, bought one of the auto tour CDs, and drove around the battlefield. Then we decided to check out where the church was for Sunday Mass.

Corruption in Church Charities

I gave up giving to any special collections years ago. Sad to say, the Catholic Church can no longer be trusted with your charity dollars. When you put your dollars in the basket for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) or Catholic Charities or Catholic Relief Services (CRS) you don't have to guess whether you are funding evil, you know it! Catholic Relief Services has been documented again and again to be up to their necks in supporting abortion and contraception in the third world. Leaders in those organizations have sold their souls for the Almighty Dollar. Getting grants from the government is more important than saving souls. They are an instrument of the evil one.

Catholic Relief Services has been under the microscope recently and the picture in the lens is far from pretty: